FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity
— SENECA (MID-FIRST-CENTURY A.D. ROMAN PHILOSOPHER)
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
— ALBERT EINSTEIN
The Five Steps presented in this chapter equip you with a blueprint to break free of compulsive drinking. Curing your addiction and regaining control over alcohol is not complicated. It does not require abstinence. But it does require meticulous preparation before, during and after treatment. The Five Steps do not demand complex psychosocial therapy or an examination of your past to find our why you lost control over alcohol. Unlike standard rehab treatments, there is no insistence on intensive psychotherapy, the trauma of inpatient detoxification programs, withdrawal, or white-knuckling it through arduous abstinence for the rest of your life. The Five Steps guide you through the de-addiction process:
- STEP ONE – Understand and think about addiction in an entirely new way.
- STEP TWO – Check the severity of the problem and find out if you need help.
- STEP THREE – Work with your doctor to obtain a prescription for naltrexone or nalmefene (selincro).
- STEP FOUR – Learn about alcoholic beverage measures and keep a record of your drinking and craving as you begin your journey through de-addiction. Now you are taking naltrexone or nalmefene before drinking alcohol. You become de-addicted – your craving and drinking levels decline gradually.
- STEP FIVE – After three to four months – in some cases up to six months – you will be cured. Now your goal is to stay cured once you have completed the program.
(Please note – throughout this section there will be numerous references to the medically proven fact that without the continued consumption of alcohol together with naltrexone, or nalmefene, there can be no de-addiction. This is because the use of alcohol to combat alcoholism is so revolutionary. Please refer to The Cure For Alcoholism for updates and information support online.)